Overall Rating Platinum - expired
Overall Score 85.72
Liaison Kira Stoll
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of California, Berkeley
IN-32: Single-Use Plastic Ban

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Mikayla Tran
SDG & OS Engagement Fellow
Office of Sustainability
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Has the institution banned or eliminated the on-site sales and distribution of at least one type of single-use disposable plastic?:

A brief description of the single-use disposable plastics that have been banned or eliminated:
In April 2020, UC Berkeley committed to the strongest plastic ban in the country. This comprehensive target will eliminate all non-essential single-use plastic with viable alternatives by 2030. Unlike other plastic bans, UC Berkeley’s initiative goes beyond previously existing plastic reduction targets focused on foodware and plastic bags, and addresses the spectrum of products and packaging used in campus academics, research, administration, and events. Items that are commonly not a part of plastic policies, such as chip bags and foam packaging, are included in this commitment, so this will push for upstream solutions and continue UC Berkeley’s leadership in sustainability.

As next steps, the campus is working on the following: form a Single-Use Plastic Working Group made up of diverse stakeholders, develop enabling strategies in purchasing contracts, and develop a plan - a roadmap - to the 2030 target.

Website URL where information about the single-use disposable plastic ban(s) is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
For more information on the commitment, visit:
- Policy language (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rQ1b44LSIgHolMzRDpqSRMWVGnFZkg1M/view)
- Press release (https://sustainability.berkeley.edu/news/university-california-berkeley-leads-way-country%E2%80%99s-strongest-single-use-plastic-ban)

UC moves to scrap single-use plastics: https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/press-room/uc-moves-scrap-single-use-plastics

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